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Anita Ingram

Anita Ingram

Anita Ingram
Assistant vice president and chief risk officer
University of Cincinnati
Age: 52

Anita Ingram estimates that 15% of educational institutions have implemented enterprise risk management.

In her 18 years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Ms. Ingram was instrumental in introducing ERM to that institution and today, in her two months as chief risk officer for the University of Cincinnati, she hopes to do the same and then some.

She is unafraid of the work that goes into formulating a risk management strategy that looks at an institution's risk from the bottom up and then top-down.

“Enterprise risk management has not been implemented broadly in the higher education institutions, and we implemented it at Southern Methodist with mild success and more work to do,” she said. “I'm excited to do it here differently.”

She started her new role at the University of Cincinnati in October, yet for Ms. Ingram, it's a familiar place. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the university and her master's degree in business administration from nearby Xavier University.

She said she loves risk management for the diverse workload — “every day is different” — and the understanding that she is helping others. “It's a great career.”

Since 2008, Ms. Ingram has held multiple leadership roles at the University Risk Management and Insurance Association and was its president from 2013 to 2014.

Jenny Whittington, executive director of the association, said Ms. Ingram is widely respected. “She truly is a woman I've watched and admired for years,” she said. “Anita's leadership is shown in her ability to analyze complex situations with various stakeholders, and by listening and asking the right questions she reaches good conclusions quickly. She also has a positive outlook, which is contagious.”

By Louise Esola